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Updated: Jun 5, 2021

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From advice to interviews, check out these podcasts run by agents, editors, and authors. Most are created by BIPOC with select non-pocs. They do us a service by pulling back the veil on publishing, so make sure you check out their sites and Patreons and see how you can donate and or support. A lot of these literary podcasts offer free and paid content and can be found on multiple audio platforms.

The Good Place characters Michael and The Judge. The text: You know what I just discovered? Podcasts.

In numerical then alphabetical order...


88 Cups of Tea

Twitter: @88cupsoftea

Founder & Creative Director is Yin Chang. "We are an online platform and podcast for creative writers looking for guidance in their storytelling journey and connection to a community, fostering year-round conversations around the personal and professional life of a writer. We explore and unpack conversations that touch on topics like overcoming rejections and challenges, querying tips and crafting advice, lifestyle habits that support the heart and the soul, what it means to be Human while navigating a creative path, and more. We pride ourselves in nurturing a supportive environment that aims to encourage, inspire, and entertain."


Better Than Brunch Podcast

(Same creators of Fat Like Me Podcast)

Twitter: @btb4pod

Your favorite Sunday morning video Podcast featuring authors Taj McCoy, Charish Reid, Denise Williams, and Cassandra N. They discuss current events, 90's pop bands, the grizzled Joe Topchart, the ups and downs of writing, revisions, and, drafting, the best brunch drinks, fast food wishes, plotting, friendship, the need for tacos, and more in this introduction to their new video podcast Better Than Brunch!


Blacklight Pod

Hosted by Ryan Douglass, Blacklight Pod a podcast discussing Black LGBTQIAP+ representation in literature and beyond. Support this podcast:


Deadline City

Dhonielle Clayton is the New York Time bestselling author of The Belles, and coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series. Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Together they hosted Deadline City which covers all things writing and deadlining.


Dreaming in the Dark

Releases: n/a

Dreaming in the Dark is a podcast created by Black fantasy scholars Bezi Yohannes and Ravynn K. Stringfield that brings the stories we wished we had as children to the forefront. Named after Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, our podcast celebrates the creations that center those usually written in the margins of the fantastic.


Fat Like Me Podcast

Twitter: @FatLikeMePod

Releases: Every Other Friday

A podcast celebrating body diversity! It’s hosted by authors Cassandra N & Taj McCoy.



Hi Nay

"A fiction podcast where Toronto is Canada's scariest city — but not for the usual reasons.

Hi Nay, literally translated to “Hi Mom”, is a supernatural horror fiction podcast about a Filipina immigrant Mari Datuin, whose babaylan (shaman) family background accidentally gets her involved in stopping dangerous supernatural events in Toronto.

Written, directed, produced, and created by Motzie Dapul and co-produced and co-created by Reg Geli. Episodes released every other week on Saturdays, 9 PM, PHT or 8 AM, EST."


"In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Nei'l Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life.

LeVar Burton is an Actor, Director, Educator & Cofounder of the award-winning Skybrary App, host and Executive Producer of PBS's Reading Rainbow and lifelong children's literacy advocate.


Minorities in Publishing

"The brain child of publishing professional Jenn Baker, MiP is a podcast discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with other professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene."


My Imaginary Friends

"Award-winning fantasy & paranormal romance author L. Penelope shares perspectives on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing."

You can find their podcast on multiple platforms and subscribe to their Footnotes - A weekly collection of links, articles, quotes, and inspiring ideas about the writing and publishing life straight to your inbox.


Write or Die

Releases: Every Monday

"Write or Die is a podcast that aims to share the real stories about what it takes to become an author – the gritty, infuriating, pull your hair out because it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream." It’s hosted by authors Claribel Ortega  & Kat Cho.


The Write Type

"The Write Type Podcast - A podcast from a marginalised writer talking about publishing things."



Draft Pod

"Welcome to First Draft with Sarah Enni, the podcast where we talk to storytellers about how their art informs their lives. Join host Sarah Enni every Tuesday for honest, meaningful conversations with storytellers about their unique perspectives on the creative process, and to learn about the professional side of artistic endeavors."



Twitter: @literaticat

"Literary Agent Jennifer Laughran and her friends dish about the world of Children's Publishing."


Manuscript Academy

Twitter: @MSWLMA

Releases: Weekly

"The Manuscript Academy Podcast is free for everyone, and features interviews with top agents, editors and authors on the craft, business, and community of publishing. The Manuscript Academy exists for writers who want the best aspects of a conference – the classes, the direct access to experts, the networking and the personal consultations all from the comfort of your own home."


Print Run

"Print Run is a podcast created and hosted by agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane. Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness.

We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy?

Whether it’s trends in the queries from writers that hit our inboxes or the social ramifications of an industry that pays so little being based in Manhattan, we’re here for it. Probably to laugh at it and call it names, but here for it nonetheless."


Track Changes

(From the same creators of Draft Pod)

Created by Sarah Enni. "Over nine episodes, this podcast mini-series answers the surprisingly complex question: How does a book get published?

"Sarah Enni talks to professionals at all stages of the publishing process—from agents and editors to publicity and marketing professionals and more—to give aspiring authors, professional writers, and industry vets alike a new perspective on the idiosyncrasies and traditions of the publishing process and, hopefully, some ideas about how to make it better."

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